JUST DON'T HESITATE TO EXAGGERATE COLOR AND LIGHT. DON'T WORRY ABOUT TELLING LIES. THE MOST TIRESOME PICTURES ARE THE STUPIDLY TRUTHFUL ONES - Wm Merritt Chase
The broken background on the bottom right makes a visual diagonal with the highlights on his feathers. I love visual diagonals and use them regularly. My students are used to me pointing them out and making them add some to their work. Very striking painting.